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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) - Open Strings. Early Virtuoso Recordings from the Middle East, and modern responses

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Honest Jons Records HJR039CD
Release Year: 2009
Note: collection of earliest Middle East string recordings from the 1920s (artists from Iran, Iraq, Turkey & Egypt), plus tracks / new interpretations inspired by this from the likes of SIR RICHARD BISHOP (SUN CITY GIRLS), BEN CHASNY (SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE), MV & EE, MICHAEL FLOWER (VIBRACATHEDRAL ORCHESTRA), BRUCE LICHER (ex SAVAGE REPUBLIC), STEFFEN BASHO-JUNGHANS, etc..
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"This is the fourth release in Honest Jon's series of albums exploring the earliest 78s held in the EMI Hayes Archive. Open Strings is a dazzling selection of virtuoso string-playing from Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Turkey, all recorded in the 1920s, and pretty much unheard ever since. In addition, Open Strings includes a disc of newly-commissioned responses to the themes in this music by underground luminaries committed to the drone such as Sir Richard Bishop of legendary Sun City Girls renown, West Coast psych-guitarist Ben Chasny aka Six Organs Of Admittance, UK folk-guitarist Rick Tomlinson aka Voice Of The Seven Woods, and Western Massachusetts' raga-inspired duo, MV And EE. From resonant bow-drone, to frenetic fret-runs to delicate, circular acoustic musings to sitar fever-dreams, no matter the nationality, there is a resonance and truth in this music that is ancient, timeless and transcendent. Scorchers past and present, every one. Other artists include: Micah Blue Smaldone, Michael Flower, Charlie Parr, Bruce Licher, Paul Metzger, and Steffen Basho-Junghans." [label info]